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If There Will Ever Be A Microsoft Airways...  
User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 21
Posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

...Then it will probably be in the form of what is now Alaska Airlines:

"Microsoft's Gates Has 5.33% Passive Stake In Alaska Air "
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates has a 5.33% stake in Alaska Air Group Inc. (ALK), according to a Schedule 13G filed Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A Schedule 13G denotes passive ownership of a company.

Gates and his investment vehicle Cascade Investment LLC reported shared beneficial ownership of 1,409,500 common shares of the company.

Based in Seattle, Alaska Air Group is the holding company for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.



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User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1537 times:

Hopefully their planes will crash less than their software!

User currently offlineAgrodemm From Greece, joined Apr 2000, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1533 times:

I hope that Alaska Air will not perform like Windows 98

Ctrl-Alt-Del  

Regards

agrodemm  


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7776 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1529 times:

If Microsoft had an airline it would freeze up or crash every ten minutes. You'd have to restart everything every few hours. and for best performance you'd have to scrub it once every six months!!! And in order for everything to run properly you'd have to spend more money and get Norton to keep things from completely falling apart. *lol*

And the term "blue-screen of death" will have a new meaning.



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User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9168 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1511 times:

I heard of this before about Microsoft planning to build its own airline. Dunno if its true or not.

However, I sincerely hope that their planes will NOT crash as often as their software. Haahaa!

 


User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 1492 times:

There already is a Microsoft Airways(They have a big monopoly!):

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User currently offline9A-CRO From Croatia, joined Jun 2000, 1574 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1479 times:
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User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1421 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 1452 times:

Naah- Microsoft Air will have an all-Airbus fleet w/ the code for the FBW system re-written by Bill himself...  


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User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1434 times:

...And the inflight entertainment ought to be stellar!

Charles



The customer isn't a moron, she is your wife -David Ogilvy
User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1403 times:

The PTV systems will use Internet Explorer.

User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1396 times:

 

User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1391 times:

I wish the code for Airbus' FWB was written by Microsoft - it might be rather more stable than it is.

I suspect that the stock ownership of AS stock is tied into the very special commercial deal Microsoft has with them - no more than the deals that some other majors (GM, IBM, etc) have with various carriers.


User currently offlineTWAneedsNOhelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1385 times:

Celidh, your usually on mark with most topics, here I'm not sure.

This Alaska Airlines stake is not owned by MSFT, but rather Cascade Investments, a private company owned by Gates personally. I have a feeling that the stake is simply an investment as somehow Gates thinks AS will be worth more in the future than it is now. Any preferential treatment with MSFT employees is probably negligible if existant.

Incidentally, Cascade also owns a significant piece of Boca Resorts (PAW). PAW owns the Florida Panthers hockey team, the Boca Raton Resort & Club (I'm a member!), The Arizona Biltmore, The Registry Resort in NaplesFL, and the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 hotel.

Clearly, Gates has steered Cascade into travel and tourism investments.

Regards,
Russell

One more thing, the carrier GM and UAW had made arrangements with ProAir has filed for bankruptcy protection and had their Air Operators Certficate revoked.


User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (13 years 10 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1365 times:

Names of the Microsoft Airlines planes would be these:
Bill Gates (747)
Windows (777)
Explorer (767)
Excel (757)
PowerPoint (757)
Word (757)
Access (757)
Outlook (757)
FrontPage(737)
US Government (Douglas DC3)  


User currently offlineCorey777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 10 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1361 times:

I can see it now...

Business Class would be MSAir 2000 Professional
Coach Class would be MSAir Millenium Edition
MSAir Express would be MSAir CE

     

Corey777


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